Wait, wasn't he already community failured once? LOL
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Wait, wasn't he already community failured once? LOL
First of all, let's see if he actually does it this time. For someone hell-bent on actually leaving the forum, I have trouble believing that he didn't actually know about throw-away emails or whatnot. In the meantime, however, let's not over-inflate this thread, or any other, with further Brad-bashing.
It's also important to note that unlike prior users, Brad has never come to us to ask us to lock him out of his account for a set amount of time. He has never acknowledged any form of addiction or habit, instead trying to pass the buck to us for not granting his wishes. It's been made clear at several times in the past that we're not responsible for handling your account for you. We aren't by any means above helping you out if you really need it, but if most of your efforts consist of blaming everyone else but yourself, we're probably going to be disinclined to go the extra mile for you, especially when you don't reach out first.
Brad has repeatedly signalled that he wants to leave, but apparently can't find it in himself to do so for very long. He's repeatedly signalled that he wants to have his data removed from this website, yet has not done any of the legwork to get that to happen. We've made clear several times that we're not going to retroactively scourge people from the forum at their request. If you no longer want to be here, then stop showing up, and people will no longer have any reason to interact with you.
It's also important, however, to note that Brad was not the primary reason I did what I did, and not the primary reason I'm resistant to changing things back to the way they were before. Oh sure, he's part of it, but he's not the biggest part, or even the worst. As annoying as all this can be, it's not a direct violation of rules, whereas other situations I've cited in the past were far more flagrant than this Brad situation ever was. So let's keep this in perspective; we aren't out to get Brad, we're not targeting him or anyone else in specific here. We simply don't believe that user A should be in control of user B's data, especially if user A has done something wrong and misuses the power they have in order to render criticism of their actions immaterial.
Jayde, while I generally agree with you here in that pushing users away from the forum is never a good idea, the hole situation went on for longer than it should have.
It's clear that Brad can't muster up the final energy to step away from the forum without any help from the other side, this side beeing the mods.
As I stated earlier, I'd say a longer ban might create the distance between Brad and the forum, possibly resulting in him finally accepting that he can't contribute to the forum anymore and that his head is finally set on staying away.
You know best that him leaving and returning, sometimes acompanied by I'm leaving or I'm back threats is just a flamepid about to explode every time this happens.
So, wouldn't it be best to eliminate the source of potential drama once and for all, at least for about half a year or so?
Well, without getting into specifics, it looks as if brad may, in fact, have changed his email at least. This means that if he also scrambled his password, he may have effectively locked himself out.
In my opinion, if this could be added... And I know it really can't...
But if it could, I think a button called Mark for deletion on topics would be nice. The creator of the topic could click this little button, and a nice little screen pops up that says, "Are you absolutely, positively, completely, totally, and 100 percent sure you'd like to mark this topic for deletion?" and if the creator clicks the little yes icon, there's then another nice little message that says, "Your topic has been marked for deletion. Mods will review the topic, and if they find that it passes the guidelines for topic deletion will be deleted."
I'd assume the guidelines would be something like the following:
Topic must have 5 or fewer replies
Topic must be at least somewhat pointless
Topic must have less than 80 views, (Or something similar.)
Anyone who has the ability to create a new forum, and anyone who's planning to replace this one when it bites the dust, may want to keep this in mind... If other people like the idea of course.
I'm gone for real
If anyone is actually willing to bet that he won't be back within, say, three months I'll organize a Paypal pool and raise Ethin, Targor and whoever else $3. Meaning we'd be up to $9 and if he doesn't show up you can take your fucking McDonalds.
As much as I just like betting, maybe in a way it'd do some good.
Personally, I'm not in the habit of looking at people as potential sources of drama (outwardly anyway). If you can't be an adult and abide by the expectations set out here, you have no reason staying around and will get what's coming eventually. Supposition, no matter how valid it may be, is still mere supposition. Not gonna lie I wanted to give the guy a pat on the back when I saw his former signature.
But back to the topic at hand. If what @MatthewSmithYT is proposing were possible I'd take thirty minutes out of my day and code such a thing for no other reason than it'd literally be saving me alone triple the time later.
I would like to be added to that bet pool, hell I could supply money for it myself. Even if he did truly lock himself out, he can easily create a new email and make a new forum account. And he has a distinct writing style, so we should have no problem finding out it is him, if he doesn't come out and say it directly.
I'd contribute to that, too. $5 here.
Yup, let's do it!
Damn, we're up to $14.00 if my math is right. I'm not keeping track. I wonder how high it'll get.
Okay, I'll contribute $6.00, because if I contributed 5, it would be an odd number and my OCD doesn't like odd numbers.
so far almost everyone who has contributed is a dev. That's great! Oh and let's add 1 more dollar so that his ocd can get the better of him lol.
someone deleted their post in this thread. Which post was it? Hell let's add $10 to the donation pool because of that. Edit I believe it was post 57. If that is confirmed, add 5 more.
So we're now up to, what, 25? I'm not keeping track :-( That's gonna hurt me if I have to pay y'all lol
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